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Feature: Courting war – Dan O’Brien on writing the story of a haunted photographer

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Ellen Carr

“To suffer is one thing; another thing is living with the photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them. Once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more – and more. Images transfix. Images anesthetize.” ― Susan Sontag, On […]

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Feature: Blood Wedding goes green

Posted on 06 November 2013 by Ellen Carr

How can theatre fight the green fight? One way is to make an entire set from recycled materials, as designer Francisco Rodriguez-Weil has done for Aria Entertainment and SOT Stage’s Blood Wedding at The Courtyard theatre. When Rodriguez-Weil attended a talk at London’s Young Vic theatre on making eco-friendly work he immediately took up the […]

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Feature: Martin Sherman’s ‘Passing By’

Posted on 29 October 2013 by Ellen Carr

“Love isn’t forever, love is just passing by” is the tagline of Martin Sherman’s Passing By at the Tristan Bates Theatre this November. Talking to both Sherman and director Andrew Keates, however, it becomes apparent that Passing By itself is a play that’s here to stay. Sherman wrote the play in 1972 and its first […]

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Feature: Theatre vs Oppression – “I always thought it was a problem somewhere else”

Posted on 24 October 2013 by Ellen Carr

“Everyone has a story to tell and everyone has the right to be heard” is the mission statement of Theatre Versus Oppression, a Wales-based charity run by Jennifer S. Hartley. Its performance, SOLD, is currently touring Wales, educating audiences about the reality of human trafficking and how close it is to home. It is a […]

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